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County Senior Football League Division Three Round 3:- Laune Rangers vs St Senans. 21/4/18

posted 21 Apr 2018, 15:12 by Laune Rangers

Stalemate in a feisty County League tie

Rangers and St Senans draw in Killorglin

Laune Rangers 1-13, St Senans 2-10

Points were shared between Laune Rangers & St Senans following a hot tempered encounter in JP O’Sullivan Park, Killorglin on Saturday evening.

A strong St Senans outfit took the field as Rangers welcomed back Jack O’Connor and David Costelloe to the side following injuries to the pair, while Darragh O’Sullivan came into midfield for his first Senior start.

Cathal Kenelly pointed for St Senans in the first minute, but Colm O’Shea soon levelled matters with a pointed free. The visitors were first to hit the net in the 7th minute through full forward Sean O’Connell, before Jason Browne of Senans pointed from an acute angle to put his side four ahead. Laune Rangers recovered well though, and a pointed free by Colm O’Shea was followed up by a equalizing goal – Fiachra Clifford’s shot being partially blocked leaving the ball dropping short and Padraig Murphy was first to reach it to knock it into the net. With 15 minutes played, the teams were tied at 1-2 a piece.

The second quarter was high octane, with end to end football leading to some great scores, no more so than John Tyther’s point to give Rangers the lead in the 16th minute. Seán O’Connell levelled matters with a free, but Rangers put together a great run leading to points from Colm O’Shea (2 frees), Patrick Carey & John Tyther. However, St Senans were level by the break as they engineered a second goal by Seán O’Connell with the full forward adding a point. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 1-7, St Senans 2-4.

The second half was very fractured with tempers flaring throughout. Teams were matching point for point through the third quarter – Colm O’Shea (2 frees) and John Tyther points were met by points by Eoin O’Connell, Sean O’Connell & Paudie Quille. Rangers introduced Dáire Cleary and the young forward made an immediate impact, setting up Patrick Carey for a fine point before winning and scoring a free to leave Rangers ahead by 1-12 to 2-7 with 15 minutes to play.

Sean O’Connell pointed twice more (1 free) to level the game by the 50th minute, before Laune Rangers found themselves down to 14 men – Johnny Carey seeing red as the rising temperatures that had been rising between both sides finally boiled over. Once order was restored, Sean O’Connell pointed a free to bring his personal tally to 2-6 for the evening, but Rangers fought back and Fiachra Clifford hit a great equalizing point to see spoils shared. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 1-13, St Senans 2-10.

Having played the final 10 minutes with 14 men, a draw was ultimately well earned. The visitors had two excellent midfielders in Damien Somers and Barry O’Mahony – the latter a 2017 All Ireland Minor winner – so it was a baptism of fire for Darragh O’Sullivan who stood up to the challenge, as did his centre-field partner Shane Daly. Best for the visitors on the day was Sean O’Connell scored all bar four of his sides scores. For Rangers, John Tyther was excellent and scored three great points for the home side on the day.

Laune Rangers:- Jason Browne, Ronan Sayers, Jonathan Carey, Neil O’Brien, David Costelloe, Cormac Johnston, Patrick Carey (0-2), Darragh O’Sullivan, Shane Daly, Shane Mangan, Jack O’Connor, John Tyther (0-3), Fiachra Clifford (0-1 free), Padraig Murphy (1-0), Colm O’Shea (0-6f). Subs: Dáire Cleary (0-1), Daragh O’Connor.

St Senans:- Luke Lynch, Mike Keane, Sean T Dillon, Adrian O’Mahony, Darragh Behan, Bill Keane, James O’Donnell, Damien Somers, Barry O’Mahony, Eoin O’Connell (0-1), David Foran, Jason Browne (0-1), Sean Weir, Sean O’Connell (2-6, 3f), Cathal Kennelly (0-1). Sub: Paudie Quille (0-1)